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The Louisville Leopards Football Team fell to the host North Canton Hoover Vikings 34-8 Friday Night at Memorial Stadium in the 100th meeting between the two rivals. With the loss, Louisville falls to 1-3.

Game Stats | Scoring Summary | Team Stats | Individual Stats

Cruse TD Run Breaks Up Shutout in 4th

My Fit Life Personal Trainer Side AdLeopard senior quarterback Daveion Cruse scored on a 7 yard touchdown run with 2:50 left in the fourth quarter to breakup the North Canton shutout. Cruse ran right, behind the blocking of senior offensive lineman Trevor Eshler and Jacob Shammo to cap off Louisville’s 4 play, 56 yard scoring drive. Senior runningback Andrew Essik ran right, through a hole paved by the same two lineman on the two-point conversion attempt to make the score 34-8.

Cruse would finish with 147 total yards of offense. He was 10 of 18 passing through the air for 112 yards and also ran the ball eight times for 35 yards. Essik ended the evening as the Leopards top rusher with 13 carries for 67 yards.

Louisville’s only scoring drive of the night was setup by back-to-back 20+ yard plays. Cruse threw a 23 yard reception to junior wide receiver Tate Golden and then Essik carried the ball for 26 yards on the next play to set the Leopards up 1st-and-goal.

Golden would finish as Louisville’s top pass catcher with four grabs for 43 yards. Senior Charlie Roberts also finished with three catches that netted a team high 47 yards.

Dyrlund Reaches Endzone Twice in Two Plays

Lingenhoel Group - Arden and Lisa Lingenhoel - Cutler Real Estate AdHoover junior quarterback Carson Dyrlund was the game’s leading rusher with 11 carries for 103 yards and two touchdowns. He amassed most of his yardage on his two touchdown runs that came on back-to-back offensive plays.

Dyrlund broke loose and ran right 57 yards untouched into the endzone to cap off the Vikings first drive of the night. North Canton’s next drive began at the Louisville 31 yard line after the Leopards were forced to punt out of their own endzone. On the first play of the next drive, Dyrlund faked a hand off to his right and ran back left into open space for a 31 yard touchdown scamper to put Hoover in front 14-0.

Hoover Exploits Louisville Mistakes to Take 21-0 Lead

Jenny Can Cleaning AdThe night was full of mistakes and missed opportunities for Louisville. They fumbled the ball away four times and failed to capitalize on their first three trips into Viking territory.

The Leopards flipped the field on their opening drive marching 44 yards on six plays from their own 28 to the North Canton 28 yard line. However, a high snap on the next play set Louisville back into a 2nd-and-15 and senior linebacker Luke Griguolo would storm through for a Viking sack on third down to push them back further. The Leopards turned the ball over on downs on the next play.

Another miscue on a snap doomed Louisville’s next drive before it could get started. It resulted in a 13 yard loss pinning the Leopards back on their own 7 yard line and eventually junior Carter Duskey was forced to punt out of his own endzone. North Canton ended up with a short field as a result and Dyrlund scored on the next play.

Three of Louisville’s four fumbles came on kick returns. Still in the first quarter sophomore Sam Hassen stripped the ball from the LHS return man and senior Weston Reisinger fell on it at the the Leopards 27. Five plays later, Griguolo scored on his only run of the night on 3rd-and-goal from the 2 yard line. Senior placekicker Jeremy Kish’s extra point was true for the third straight time to make the score 21-0 in favor of North Canton Hoover in the opening quarter. The sun had not yet dropped below the top of the home bleachers and Louisville was already behind by three touchdowns.

Leopard Defense Bends But Doesn’t Break

The Leopards started behind the eight ball again on their next drive. The first down snap went clean over Cruse’s head and was caught out of the air by Essik who was running in motion left to right in the backfield. Had Essik not been there it may have been even more disastrous, but it still resulted in a seven yard loss. An illegible man down field penalty pushed Louisville back even further on the next play and they would go three-and-out. 

The Vikings punted the ball into the endzone after their own three-and-out. However, an unsportsmanlike penalty was called against the Leopards pinning them back on their own 10 yard line to start. The Louisville offense went three-and-out again and North Canton would be setup with great field position at their own 47. Leopard senior linebacker Jacob Davide burst into the backfield tackling the runningback for a two yard loss. A pre-snap penalty on Hoover put them in a 2nd-and-17 and with the play clock running out they burned a timeout.

It was a timeout well spent as Dyrlund found junior wide receiver Mason Ashby and sophomore wide receiver Zach Braucher on back-to-back 24 yard pass plays to set North Canton up 1st-and-goal on the LHS 10. Junior linebacker Will Ramsey bolted through the line to make a stop for another two yard loss. The Leopards defense would eventually force a 25 yard field goal attempt and Kish would miss leaving the score at 21-0.

Louisville fumbled the ball right back to Hoover on their next play from scrimmage. The fumble was ripped out by senior linebacker Jack McKelley and he ran out of the pile with the ball into the endzone while the referees were trying to uncover the bottom of the pile. He was ruled down at the spot.

The Vikings took over with a short field at the Leopard 24 yard line. A Hoover holding penalty wiped away a touchdown throw and Ramsey jetted through untouched on 3rd-and-16 to throw down Dyrlund for a sack. North Canton punted on 4th-and-24.

Penalties Wipe Away Potential LHS Scoring Drive

Louisville began from their own 10 yard line and Cruse hit senior wide receiver Chase Mueller on a short pass to his right. Mueller weaved his way 57 yards down the right sideline and then back to the center of the field before being tackled at the Viking 33. However, an illegal motion penalty wiped the gain away and set the Leopards back to the shadow of their own endzone on their own 5.

Louisville still moved the ball downfield as time ticked away toward halftime. The scoreboard was not operational at Memorial Stadium for the 100th game Friday and time was kept on the field as a result. The Leopards moved the ball 73 yards on the next nine plays in approximately 1:15. Cruse found Mueller again on a 12 yard pass and Essik ran for a first down on 3rd-and-3 to overcome the illegal motion penalty. Cruse then connected with Roberts for 17 yards and then pitched to Roberts in the backfield for another 20 yard gain. The pair hooked up again for a 24 yard pass reception on 3rd-and-10 to to setup Louisville on the North Canton 22 with eight seconds remaining in the half.

A pass on the next play fell short of an open receiver in the endzone with two ticks left. The Leopards were then victimized by a delay of game penalty which pushed them back to the 27. The final pass attempt near the goal line was deflected away by the Viking secondary. 21-0 Hoover at the break.

Louisville Runs 1 Offensive Play in Third

North Canton opened the second half with a 13 play, 65 yard scoring drive that resulted in a 24 yard field goal by Kish. The Louisville defense bent again but didn’t break as Ramsey, senior defensive lineman Connor Morley, and sophomore defensive back Kolton Loy all made tackles in the backfield inside the redzone.

The ensuing Leopard kick return looked promising until sophomore Cole Rembielak punched the ball out at the 40 yard line and Hassen recovered it for Hoover at the Louisville 43. Dyrlund connected with Braucher for a 23 yard pass to the right sideline on 3rd-and-2 to move the Vikings to the Leopard 13. Four plays later, Kish booted home his second field goal of the night from 28 yards away to increase the Hoover lead to 27-0.

Kish followed his two field goal makes up by recovering his own onside kick at the Louisville 47 on the ensuing kickoff. Dyrlund hooked up with Braucher for a 47 yard touchdown on the next play to slam the final nail into the coffin. Dyrlund ended the night 11 of 16 passing for 180 yards with all of his completions going to two targets. Braucher would finish with 4 catches for 67 yard and was only outdone by Ashby who made 7 receptions for 113 yards. Kish booted home the point after for his tenth point of the night to make it 34-0.

After a 34 yard kick return by Roberts and a false start penalty, the Leopards finally ran an offensive play. Essik’s 10 yard carry ended a third quarter that was dominated by the Vikings. 

Hoover Wins 100th Game

The contest was the 100th game in each team’s official history that began in 1924. Louisville still leads the all-time series 56-39-5 overall which includes a 25-23-2 edge when playing at North Canton in the series. The Vikings have won the last three games in the rivalry and have taken six of the last seven contests in the series overall.

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UP NEXT: The Leopards will next host the Lake Blue Streaks on Friday, September 16. Game time is slated for 7:00 PM from Louisville Leopards Stadium. Prior to the game Louisville High School will be inducted four new members to the Athletic Hall of Fame: Jodie Cress, Nick Fresenko, Desi Hengoed (Givens), Brandon Mathie. The Louisville Freshman will travel to Lake on Thursday, September 15 at 5:00 PM and the Leopard JV will also travel to Lake on Saturday, September 15 at 10:00 AM. 

Week 4 Louisville Opponent Scores

Friday, September 9
@Steubenville 40, University Prep (PA) 14
@Poland Seminary 28, Hubbard 21
Fairless 31, @Northwest 28
@Lake 27, GlenOak 20
Perry 38, @Canton McKinley 28
@Green 29, Jackson 28
Gilmour Academy 28, @Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin 24

Saturday, September 10
Cardinal Mooney at Linsly (WV)

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Louisville at Hoover Football Game Statistics

Scoring Summary


Team 1-2-3-4–TOTAL

Louisville 0-0-0-8–08

Hoover 21-0-13-0–34

1st Quarter 

HOOVER – Carson Dyrlund 57 Yard Run (Jeremy Kish Kick) | NCHHS 7, LHS 0
3 Plays, 74 Yards

HOOVER – Carson Dyrlund 31 Yard Run (Jeremy Kish Kick) | NCHHS 14, LHS 0
1 Play, 31 Yards

HOOVER – Luke Griguolo 2 Yard Run (Jeremy Kish Kick) | NCHHS 21, LHS 0
5 Plays, 27 Yards

2nd Quarter 

No Scoring

3rd Quarter 

HOOVER – Jeremy Kish 24 Yard Field Goal | NCHHS 24, LHS 0
13 Plays, 65 Yards

HOOVER – Jeremy Kish 28 Yard Field Goal | NCHHS 27, LHS 0
7 Plays, 43 Yards

HOOVER – Zack Braucher 47 Yard Pass from Carson Dyrlund (Jeremy Kish Kick) | NCHHS 34, LHS 0, 1:10
1 Play, 47 Yards

4th Quarter 

LOUISVILLE- Daveion Cruse 7 Yard Run (Andrew Essik Run) | NCHHS 34, LHS 8, 2:50
4 Plays, 56 Yards

Records: North Canton Hoover 3-1, Louisville 1-3

Team Stats

First Downs
Louisville: 11 (6 Rushing, 5 Passing, 0 Penalty)
Hoover: 13 (6 Rushing, 7 Passing, 0 Penalty)

Total Offense
Louisville: 46 Plays, 248 Yards (5.4 Average)
Hoover: 47 Plays, 342 Yards (7.3 Average)

Louisville: 27 Carries, 136 Yards, 1 Touchdown
Hoover: 31 Carries, 162 Yards, 3 Touchdowns

Louisville: 10 of 19 for 248 Yards
Hoover: 11 of 16 for 342 Yards, 1 Touchdown

Louisville: 5/4
Hoover: 0/0

Louisville: 6 for 45 Yards
Hoover: 4 for 30 Yards

3rd Down Conversions
Louisville: 4 for 11
Hoover: 3 for 8

4th Down Conversions
Louisville: 0 for 2
Hoover: 0 for 0

Punt Yards
Louisville: 3 Punts, 79 Yards (26.3 Average)
Hoover: 4 Punts, 146 Yards (36.5 Average)

Kick Return Yards
Louisville: 5 Returns, 122 Yards
Hoover: 1 Return, 0 Yards

Punt Return Yards
Louisville: 0 for 0 Yards
Hoover: 1 for 3 Yards

Field Goals
Louisville: 0 for 0
Hoover: 2 for 3

Individual Stats


Andrew Essik 13 Carries, 67 Yards
Daveion Cruse 8 Carries, 35 Yards, 1 Touchdown
Charlie Roberts 1 Carry, 20 Yards
Jacob Paumier 2 Carries, 15 Yards
Wyatt Smith 2 Carries, 6 Yards
Brandon Jackson 1 Carry, 7 Yards

Carson Dyrlund 11 Carries, 13 Yards, 2 Touchdowns
Luke Roach 16 Carries, 53 Yards
Christian Friel 3 Carries, 4 Yards
Luke Griguolo 1 Carry, 2 Yards, Touchdown


Daveion Cruse 10 of 18 for 112 Yards
Charlie Roberts 0 of 1 for 0 Yards

Carson Dyrlund 11 of 16 for 180 Yards, Touchdown


Tate Golden 4 Catches, 43 Yards
Charlie Roberts 3 Catches, 47 Yards
Brandon Jackson 2 Catches, 10 Yards
Chase Mueller 1 Catch, 12 Yards

Mason Ashby 7 Catches, 113 Yards
Zach Braucher 4 Catches, 67 Yards, Touchdown

Kick Returns

Brandon Jackson 4 Returns, 88 Yards, 30 Long
Charlie Roberts 1 Return 34 Yards, 34 Long
Team 1 Return 0 Yards

Nolan Pierpont 1 Return, 0 Yards

Punt Returns


Mason Ashby 1 Return, 3 Yards


Carter Duskey 3 Punts, 79 Yards, 26.9 Average, 30 Long

Sean Kavanagh 3 Punts, 105 Yards, 35.0 Average, 43 Long
Carson Dyrlund 1 Punt, 41 Yards, 41.0 Average, 41 Long

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